American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief: a chance encounter in the park.
- n. A hostile or adversarial confrontation; a contest: a tense naval encounter.
- n. An often violent meeting; a clash.
- v. To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon: encountered an old friend on the street.
- v. To confront in battle or contention.
- v. To come up against: encounter numerous obstacles.
- v. To meet, especially unexpectedly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come upon or against; meet with; especially, to meet casually, unexpectedly, reluctantly, or the like.
- To meet antagonistically; engage in conflict of any kind with; contend with; make an attack upon.
- To oppose; oppugn.
- To befall; betide.
- Synonyms To confront, struggle with, contend against.
- To meet; come together; come into contact or collision.
- To meet in opposition or conflict; come together in combat; contend; fight.
- n. A meeting, particularly a sudden or accidental meeting, of two or more persons or bodies of any kind; a coming together or in contact.
- n. Specifically In physics, the coming within the sphere of one another's action of the rapidly moving molecules of a gaseous body. The word is so used by some writers in order to avoid collision, which might be understood to imply impact. The molecules of gases move in nearly rectilinear paths, until they come so close to one another that they are suddenly deflected. This very brief mutual action is the encounter. See
- n. A meeting in opposition or conflict of any kind; a conflict; a battle; specifically, a contest between individuals or a small number of men, or an accidental meeting and fighting of detachments.
- n. Manner of encountering; mode of accost or address; behavior in intercourse.
- n. Synonyms Encounter, Rencounter, Skirmish, Brush, colision, affair. As conflicts in war these are shorter, with fewer engaged, and of less importance, than those compared under battle. An encounter is often an accidental meeting, resulting in some conflict, but not suffered to grow into a general engagement. Rencounter is the same thing, expressed by a term less common. A skirmish is an irregular or desultory contest between parts of armies, as scouting parties or skirmish-lines, not generally resulting in battle. A brush is short and sharp, perhaps engaging the whole of some force for a time, but not being pushed into a long or hard-fought struggle. See strife.
- v. transitive To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.
- v. transitive To confront (someone or something), notably face to face.
- v. transitive To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
- n. An unplanned or unexpected meeting.
- n. A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.
- n. A sudden, often violent clash, as between combatants.
- n. sports A match between two opposing sides.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with
- v. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight.
- n. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
- n. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle.
- v. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
- n. a casual meeting with a person or thing
- n. a casual or unexpected convergence
- v. experience as a reaction
- n. a hostile disagreement face-to-face
- n. a minor short-term fight
- v. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
- v. come together
- v. be beset by
- Recorded since 1297, Anglo-Norman encountrer, Old French encontrer ("to confront"), from encontre ("against, counter to"), from Late Latin incontra ("in front of") itself from Latin in- ("in") + contra ("against"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English encountre, from Old French, from encontrer, to meet, from Late Latin incontrāre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Last weekend's outing to Tate Modern succeeded in convincing me that the excitement of the encounter is an important part of today's visit to the museum.”
“While the relegation of tonight's scheduled bout from a title encounter to a non-title affair has to be a disappointment to Sonnen, the fact is that Zuffa (the parent company of both the UFC and the WEC) officials had previously announced that it would be discontinuing the WEC's 185 pound and 205 pound divisions following Dec. 3's”
“If the purpose of a police encounter is “driving while brown” or “working while brown” or “walking while brown” there is a real problem.”
“The DC to avoid an encounter is 10+the CR of the location.”
“When Picard pleads with Q to tell them their deadly encounter is just one of his elaborate illusions, Q counters with the ice cold Oh no.”
“* Call 911 immediately if you, your family member or someone you encounter is having a heart attack”
“The experience of reading poems and novels does indeed consist of the reader's fully attentive encounter with the text, but that encounter is first of all with the author's aesthetic methods, his/her "making" of the text, in the same way we encounter a painter's execution on the canvas or the composer's shaping of sound.”
“In light of that a sensible cognitive policy for an individual may be (A) to adopt any new belief we encounter from a prima facie plausible source, so long as it coheres with our present views; but when we encounter a belief that's inconsistent with our present views, (B) to devote cognitive resources to trying to eliminate the troublesome inconsistency, the obvious place to start being the new belief.”
“One problem many investors soon encounter is where to keep it.”
“On Halloween, Batman and Robin encounter a killer out for revenge.”
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